J. P. Patches’ Goats

PatchesIf you were growing up within the air waves of KIRO TV in Seattle in the 1960’s or 1970’s, you had the opportunity to grow up with J. P. Patches.  And that is what I did.  I watched him when I could, and my husband Tom also watched him in the mornings before getting on the bus to school.  I love his characters, recurring segments, cartoons and music.  I was a Patches Pal (not a Boris Buddy!) and paid attention to the check list.  I went on a field trip to see his set but do not remember seeing him in person as a kid.  I did meet him as an adult, and he signed my JP patches action figure.  I also have a T-shirt, book and all of his VCR tapes.  I bought a brick for his status in Fremont.  His show had a lasting and positive influence on my life. So with this history, I named many of my goats after characters or other aspects of the show.  He was never aware (I do not think) that I did this.  To me it is a tribute to his lasting influence and a reminder of the joy I experienced watching his show and its inventions. Above is Patches Pal.  She is the first goat I named after the show, and we still have her.  A description of Patches Pals is at http://www.jppatches.com/page86.htm and the J.P. Patches’ Check List is here.   gertrude We also still have Gertrude.  She was a bottle baby we raised.  We sold her into what turned out to be a neglectful home, and we have her back now.  She is named for Gertrude, J.P.’s girlfriend.   miss smith Above is Miss Smith, our other goat from the show.  A description of the real Miss Smith is here.   The rest of the goats (and one sheep) have moved to other homes.  Click on their names to find out what they were named after. allaface Alla-Ka-Zoo is part of the code to open the secret door.  It is shown at the beginning of the video at https://www.youtube.com/  This is his last show and has many of the characters in it.   boris3 Boris S. Wort   esmerelda2 Esmerelda   frpletattooed frple   ggoorrsstt ggoorrsstt   Griswold Griswold   Henny Penny Henny Penny (click video clip #1)   jp Julius Pierpont   Ketchikan Ketchikan   oogachugga2 Ooga Chuka (click on furpls)   paddy Paddy Wagon   sturdley Sturdley   swamiface Swami of Pastrami   tikey Tikey Turkey   Zenobia Zenobia   So thank you Mr. Wedes and Mr. Newman as well as the others involved in the show.  You really helped me as well as thousands of other children.

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Making Alcohol

cider roomOver the summer, Tom created a “cider room”.  So now we have many containers of cider fermenting in there.  In addition to the cider in the above photo, there are additional carboys of cider totalling 28 gallons.  And we still have more apples to press.

Now so far wine is not allowed in the “cider room”.  So I have my carboys still in the dining room.  There are carboys of perry, red plum wine, black plum wine and blackberry wine.  I am struggling with a slow fermentation of the blackberry wine.  I suspect it is too sweet.  But all other fermentations are going well.

perry and wines

 

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Prolonged Harvest

We have not had a frost yet so the harvest continues.  I am still picking cucumbers.  I am giving them to the chickens except saving a few for Greek salads.  I am picking zucchini and making chips with them.  The sunflower heads are drying as are the bean pods for seeds for next year.  The pumpkins need carving, and I am eating the spaghetti squash regularly.  I have not been doing much with the chard, but we are eating the carrots, beets and onions regularly.  Tomatoes are also going into the Greek salads.  Tom dug up the potatoes the other day, and they are now drying.

apples and potatoesWe pressed 50 gallons of apple cider yesterday and are quite sore and tired afterward.  We had a lamb and steer butchered, and I have been delivering the meat.  We have been busy.

pressed 50 gallons of

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